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BOB KOCH

I have been interested in art all my life. One of my earliest memories is of putting crayons in a heater vent just to watch the colors melt and flow down the wall. I started using oil paints in elementary school and did charcoal & pencil drawings in junior high. In high school I started using acrylics and by junior college, I was in love with silk screening and other forms of print making.

A trip to Japan when I was 20 changed my life forever. The colors, the light, the graphic quality of the written language and the natural designs one finds throughout Japanese daily life have greatly affected me to this day. I believe my current use of acrylic paint and pastel chalks is directly linked to using Japanese brushes and sumi ink for the last 30 years.

After being away from doing any art for more than 20 years, I have suddenly found myself inspired by my daughters amazing artistic abilities, and with brush in hand, I have been frantically trying to make up for lost time.

My current paintings are from snapshots of anonymous people. To me, a successful painting is one with not only a good composition, but also has a story to tell.
And if a painting makes me laugh or smile... then I know I have done what I set out to do.